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Mental Health Concerns
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indiscretion, and alcohol abuse
decreased sleep without experiencing fatigue
extreme agitation or aggressive behavior
hypersexuality or sexual statements
on occasion, psychotic symptoms including paranoia,
hallucinations or delusions, especially of a paranoid or
grandiose nature
What are the symptoms of depression?
Depression is the other phase of bipolar disorder. Symptoms
of depression may include:
loss of energy
prolonged sadness
decreased activity and energy
restlessness and irritability
inability to concentrate or make decisions
increased feelings of worry and anxiety
less interest or participation in, and less enjoyment of,
activities normally enjoyed
feelings of guilt and hopelessness
thoughts of suicide
change in appetite or sleep (either more or less)
What are the causes of bipolar disorder?
The exact causes of bipolar disorder are not known. Most
research points to an interaction of genetic factors,
biochemical factors (imbalances in serotonin, dopamine,
norepinephrine, and GABA) and life event stress (especially